On The Bench 97: William Babington’s Firefox

William Babington brings us his Firefox project from start to finish.

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Well, here is the story of the building of the Firefox…as told my William Babington..uhh ,my story anyway…It all started out as a study of the nose of the aircraft

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I was so pleased w/ the nose carving i decided to add a body to it,hence the start of the “Firefox” project… here’s another picture to show this!
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this shot shows the engines and intakes as well as the cooling strakes,the pink media i’m using is called Renshape, it’s a very dense foam and can hold a very sharpe edge…..oh joy! ! the white flanges are pieces of shaped white polystyrene……

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This is a close up of the engines compared to an exacto knife for scale purposes,i used a fine needle file to get all the shaping done then using tweezers applied the cooling strakes

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this shot shows most of the pieces laid out ready to attach for final assembly

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This is where i stated gluing the engines to the side of the fuselage, i like to use a product called insta cure great stuff then of couse i “kick” it(accelerator)

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here is a picture of the side view of the fuselage with one of the engines attached,also you can see the basic primary wings sitting there as well

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this is where all the wings have been attached the verts will be romoved to mold seperatly,but have been tacked to show how she will look………….

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This is a pic of me holding the Firefox with all stabilizers attached,not bad huh…the next few pics to follow contain shots of the master tool worked up to the point of molding……

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here’s an underbelly shot of the Firefox

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this is the master before molding…a few pics here

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Here’s a picture of the Firefox in the mold ,i thought you guys would get a kick out of seeing this mold,and a fresh casting laying next to it………….

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